Digital age to set future settings of gender issuesEscrito por David Puentes i Jurado el 25/09/2018 a las 17:35:42
(Director de Desenvolupament Corporatiu, Relacions Institucionals i Comunicació. Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnologies de la Informació )
This is not just a problem of ICT, digital technologies or STEM (Science, Technology, Economics and Mathematics) sector…it’s a global and an ancient reality that we must finish.
Data trends and qualitative and quantitative analysis suggest that gender inequality in this sector is essentially a result of the persistence of high strong biases about what is appropiate and what capabilities and capacities each gender has; As European Commission study “woman in digital age” reveals.
Gender stereotypes have been amply tested in this and in all the fields of our current society, a large number of percentages, data, trends and historical data show that this is a real and existing pathology that we must solve.
But…what can we do ? Let’s see some initatives taken: European Commission will focus mainly in three fields: End stereotypes, more and better development of digital skills and education and finally promotion of women entrepreneurs in leading technological events.
Cultural changes and initiatives at micro level are other initiatives set to try to change this situation, but if we have to chose with path to follow, digital technologies are the quick win issue to start with.
Education is the Key point. Starting from the earliest school to educate our kids in equality and giving them the same opportunities, with the same perseverance, support and tools, but also with a special attention to their environment. It is necessary to carry out a specific work with their parents, a very important pillar of the education of our children. This work should mainly contain communication sessions and monitoring of children's progress on the one hand and should serve to detect and correct the existence of gender stereotypes in the child's environment.
ICT is the opportunity we should take. ICT gives us the perfect scenario to plant the seeds of a system of education and learning based on equality and focused on the person. ICT allows - when dealing with new technologies, practically unknown by the generations before our young people - an important independence over the family environment and gives a remarkable role to the school. All this must go hand in hand with an important turn in the educational system, where the communication and the follow-up of the young person and of her surroundings that we have commented previously is of vital importance.
Future challenges that are posed and that we should not delay too much are to change and customize the system and the teaching plans of our younger generations, establish the basis of accompaniment and joint work between teachers and family teaching and finally the to develop tools and digital platforms that allow creating universal, affordable, motivating, useful and quality learning scenarios that prepare future generations for a more just, egalitarian and responsible world.
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